Kayla Harrison vs. Larissa Pacheco
To say Kayla Harrison is the PFL would be an understatement. No woman means more to promotion than Harrison to the PFL and a lot of that has to do with her aura of invincibility. When she fights other women, it’s less of a fight and more of a mauling. Think of a lioness mauling a gazelle.
The woman with more gold than Fort Knox has finished 12 of her 15 fights, and the only knock against her is that she hasn’t beaten the top of the sport. She’s a 155’er (lightweight) and really, there aren’t many women as big or strong as her. Finding “top talent” for her to beat isn’t easy. PFL signed Julia Budd with the hope that she’d make it interesting for Harrison, after all, Budd was a dominant Bellator champion. Yet, Budd failed to make the playoffs. Boxing star Claressa Shields was another name that the PFL hoped would contend with Harrison but she has a long way to go before that happens.
So instead, Larissa Pacheco, a woman that Harrison beat twice before, is going to once again stand across from her. While she hasn’t had much success, she’s done something that only one other woman (Marina Mokhnatkina) has ever done; survive. Harrison is so dominant she hasn’t needed to leave the first round nine times and has only hit the third round four times.
Pacheco has gone the distance with Harrison twice before, so she has a shot. Since her last fight with Harrison, Pacheco has gone 5-0 with five KO/TKOs to her credit. While Harrison may be an expert at making blood messes, Pacheco has shown to have stopping power. All she needs to do is slip one in under Harrison’s chin and the fight is over.
That is unless Harrison grabs you and brings you to the ground. Then it’s likely lights out.
PREDICTION: Kayla Harrison wins via TKO